Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

52

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Really small
Size
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 12x
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Around 3x more zoom
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size
Smaller
105x59x28 mm vs 103x60x33 mm
Help
More than 10% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 2.3 fps
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Around 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The ZS20's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
206 g vs 229 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS3

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Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              ZS20:206 g
              DMC-ZS3:229 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $240

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $158 - $248

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $396

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20.

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

              Travel zoom

              $370

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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              discussion

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
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